It was a work Brahms labored over for a dozen years. Consoled by the psalms, the gospels, and the prophets, he set their words to his music--music that would be his grandest, perhaps even his greatest. Herbert Blomstedt leads Brahms’s poetic biblical settings, A German Requiem. The concert begins with selections from Brahms’s late Chorale Preludes performed on the Ruffatti organ.
San Francisco Symphony
Selections from Chorale Preludes
Motet, “Why is Light Given”
A German Requiem
All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.
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"The "German Requiem" takes its place as one of the true glories of the choral literature, an expression of spirituality in which sadness and exaltation combine in exhilarating measure." Read the full article at SFGate.com.